The Charleston Battery made a valiant effort to overcome a three-goal deficit in the second half, but it just wasn't enough. Vancouver moved the ball with speed in the first half as Kekuta Manneh records two goals at the 4' and 27'. Manneh used his quickness to beat the Battery defense twice down the left side of the pitch and added an excellent touch to find the back of the net.
The Battery missed a huge opportunity at 43' coming off a nice pass from Zach Prince through the middle to Jose Cuevas, Cuevas' shot missed wide to the right of the net. The Whitecaps pushed the issue further with a goal in the 50th minute of play as Daigo Kobayashi connected with a terrific volley to make it 3-0 in favor of Vancouver.
Down 3-0 in the second half, the Battery had a tall task ahead of them; but with their backs against the wall, the Battery came out and played a nice second half of soccer. Goal scorer, Nicki Paterson, scored his first goal of the 2013 season and put the Battery on the scoreboard in the 71st minute with a one-time shot over Vancouver's keeper to pull the Battery within two.
In the 77th minute the Battery had another great opportunity off a set piece but the Whitecaps goalie, Brad Knighton, made a huge save to hold onto the 3-1 lead. Dane Kelly continued the charge with a fantastic goal at 80'. Kelly connected with a beautiful shot from the left side of the box as he finessed it over the Whitecaps keeper to make it 3-2.
The combination of slow play early on from the Battery and authoritative ball movement by Vancouver would be the decider in this match as the Whitecaps sprinted to an early lead. The Battery simply didn't get it going until it was too late and will start the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup tournament with a loss.
Scoring Summary Goal (Assist) Minute
Vancouver Manneh (Kobayashi) 4'
Manneh (Mattocks) 27'
Charleston Paterson (Bardsley) 71'
Vancouver: Brad Knighton, Brad Rusin, Andy O'Brien, Alain Rochat, YP Lee, Gershon Koffie, Jordan Harvey, Daigo Kobayashi, Kekuta Manneh, Kenny Miller, Darren Mattocks
SHOTS: 8; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 6; OFFSIDES: 1; YELLOW CARDS: 2
Charleston: Kevin Klasila, Taylor Mueller, Ebrima Jatta, Cody Ellison, John Wilson, Amadon Sanyang, Mike Azira, Quinton Griffith, Zach Prince, Nicki Paterson, Jose Cuevas
SHOTS: 10; SAVES: 5; FOULS: 8; CORNER KICKS: 2; OFFSIDES: 3; YELLOW CARDS: 2